Fight Report from the O2 Arena: Scott Quigg vs Yoandris Salinas

Tony Conquest gets up off the canvas twice to beat Wadi Camacho in a classic

Tony Conquest dragged himself together and boxed superbly to beat Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho.

The first round, Camacho came out looking for the big right hand and it was not long before Conquest hit the canvas, but he showed a lot of heart to beat the count to continue the round.
Conquest was also put down in the second round after another big right from Camacho, and it looked to be all over but the Welshman refused to be beaten and made the count again, going on to dominate the fight by countering and working on his jab through the rounds. Camacho’s defence was shocking; he was easy to hit and did not seem like he was in the fight at all after round four, Conquest being the busier fighter and exposing his opponent’s lack of defence.

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Conquest went on to win by a unanimous decision and will now go on to face the winner of Neil Dawson vs. British champion Jon Dickinson.

Kevin Mitchell impressed with a six-round KO victory over Marco Lopez

The former world-title challenger looked very sharp and in the shape of his life dismantling Marco Lopez in the sixth round at the 02 Arena on Saturday night.

Mitchell dominated from the opening bell, landing hard, crisp shots, and it was a left hand to the ribs in the fourth that had Lopez in trouble: he took a knee to the canvas but managed to recover and continued with the round.

Lopez showed his staying power by coming out at the start of the fifth throwing plenty of leather, though the majority of his blows only made contact with fresh air as Mitchell made the Mexican miss and started to break him down completely.

It was a straight right blow straight down the middle that bloodied Lopez’s nose and a flurry to follow resulted in another knockdown. Again the brave away fighter beat the count, only this time the referee decided to spare him any further punishment and stop the fight in the sixth round.

Mitchell made a statement and showed he is still up there with the best in the division by showcasing his skills. Following the fight, he announced he’s now eyeing a domestic showdown with Derry Mathews in December. He went on to say that he’s been training hard and is in a happy place right now.

Anthony Joshua impressed with a devastating first-round knockout of Emanuele Leo

Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua started off his pro debut with a very impressive first-round knockout.

Joshua came out and was dominant straight away, looking very relaxed and calm. At the same time, he clearly wanted to impress and found his range very quickly, throwing out his right hand which instantly had Leo in trouble and looking very unsteady on his feet.

The knockout seemed inevitable and Joshua closed the show in dramatic fashion as a right left Leo hanging on the ropes before another combination sent him crashing to the canvas.

It was very important for Joshua to get his first win and it won’t be long before he’s back in action again as promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to put him on the Kell Brook vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko bill in October this year.

Scott Quigg retained his WBA Super Bantamweight title with a majority draw against Yoandris Salinas

The end result was put down to the judges who scored the contest 114-114, while the other made it 115-113 to Quigg and both fighters were unhappy with the verdict.

The first three rounds were extremely cagey between both fighters and there was not much in either round. Quigg seemed to have trouble working out his tricky opponent, but came on in the fourth, fifth and sixth, landing a decent right hand and sinking home body shots in the fifth.

Salinas responded well in the sixth, dictating the round with his jab, and there was little to split the two in a scrappy seventh as both men struggled to land clean punches.

With just a few rounds left, Quigg seemed to have timed his charge correctly with a barrage of punches to Salinas’s body in the 10th round. But it wasn’t enough to end things early and the fight went on to the judges’ scorecards, which ruled for a majority draw.

Quigg was convinced he won the fight, saying he felt in control and should have been given the nod, but nevertheless he retains his WBA title and now moves on. A clash with Carl Frampton is still being talked up, and I am sure that fight will definitely happen in the summer of 2014.

Also on the bill was Luke Campbell, who also managed a first-round knockout over Neil Hepper. The talented young GB star looks set to join the explosive lightweight scene as he builds up his career and gets another win under his belt.

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